Ridiculous, Says Justice Karnan as SC Orders His Medical Examination
A seven-judge special bench of the Supreme Court on Monday ordered Calcutta Medical Hospital to medically examine Justice CS Karnan on May 4 and submit a report to the court by May 8.
New Delhi: Justice CS Karnan termed as “ridiculous and unusual” an order by a seven-judge special bench of the Supreme Court to medically examine him.
“Am I mentally unstable? Who is the Supreme Court to judge that I have a mental illness? The seven judges looking at my case are corrupt,” he said in a press conference hours after the SC order. “If the DGP acts me without my consent, I will pass an order against him. He should stay within limits.... I won't submit to any treatment.”
Speaking to CNN-News18 later, Karnan said: “The seven judges are protecting other corrupt judges who are awaiting promotion. This erroneous order must not be carried out. The DGP should not come to me.”
In its order, the SC stated that “Justice Karnan may not be in a position to defend himself,” and also noted that the “present conduct of Justice Karnan was extremely contemptuous.”
Senior Advocate KK Venugopal submitted before the bench that “Justice Karnan needed counseling” and he was not “consciously passing such orders.” The latest SC order comes in the backdrop of Justice Karnan ‘debarring’ the apex court judges from travelling abroad.
Venugopal also stated that Justice Karnan was due to retire in June, and hence his case needed to be considered.
The seven judges had issued a suo motu contempt order against Justice Karnan in February after he had named “20 corrupt judges” and was seeking probe against them to curb “high corruption” in the Indian judiciary.
CJI J S Khehar, Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Chelameshwar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice MB Lokur, Justice PC Ghose and Justice Kurian Joseph were displeased with the “constant disregard” that Justice Karnan had shown towards an order of the SC and hence passed the bailable warrant against the Calcutta HC Judge.
Justice Karnan was stripped off of his judicial and administrative powers. On Monday, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi informed the court that “Justice Karnan was referring to the SC judges as accused in the press conferences and his recent orders against the judges.”
Rohatgi stated that if the court does not pass an order, then there would be a “completely unsatisfactory situation”.
SC also directed that all orders passed by Justice Karnan after February 8, to all courts, commissions or authorities would not be acted upon. The next hearing in the case is on May 18.
Recently, after the apex court had issued a bailable warrant against the Calcutta High Court judge to ensure his presence in the Supreme Court, Justice Karnan had not only stayed the order but had also directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate all the seven judges of the SC.
Justice Karnan had previously directed the Secretary General of Lok Sabha to place entire facts of the case before the speaker of the Lok Sabha so that inquiry under the Judges Inquiry Act can be initiated.
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